According to a report in The Mirror, the Yannick Bolasie transfer saga may not be quite over, thanks to the recent sale of Roberto Soldado.
With the North Londoner’s having been keen on the DR Congo winger all summer, it seems as if the financial breathing room that Soldado’s move away has afforded them could prove pivotal in their pursuit of the exciting 26-year-old.
The article states that Yannick himself is open to a move across the river, believing that it will provide him with a platform to establish himself as one of the top flight’s most consistently exciting performers for years to come. Whilst £25 million was laughed at by many of a Spurs persuasion when the summer began, their collective desire to land the Eagles man has only grown in the months since, leading many to believe that Daniel Levy is on the verge of pulling the trigger on an offer in line with Palace’s demands.
It is always easy to allow sentiment to rule over sense when dealing with high-profile transfer fees, but in this instance, it’s clear to see why a sum so high would tempt Parish and his fellow directors into a sale, given what they paid for Yannick when bringing him to the club from Bristol City. As a return on their initial investment, anything above £20 million would make sound business sense, but from a footballing perspective, they would need to brace themselves for a possibly vociferous backlash from the terraces.
In truth, the debates surrounding Bolasie amongst our own fanbase will rage on until the day he leaves the club, such is the conviction on both sides of the argument, but with limited time remaining in the current transfer window, the real discussion should be over whether or not we could find an adequate replacement for him, given the restraints on our budget.
It’s a conundrum that I dare say both Steve Parish and Alan Pardew are wrestling with right now if Spurs’ apparent interest is serious, not that they’ll know for sure until they have sold Yannick and brought in a replacement. Given the delicate balance that currently exists within the squad, that isn’t a risk I would necessarily agree with us taking, but once a fee of such large proportions comes into play, the landscape is almost always open to change.
We shall soon see if the story is just paper talk, but it does feel as though Spurs may be serious this time.